Football Manager 2012

LQ: 8.8


Brain grade: 9.5
Fun score: 8.0

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Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , LWK Recommended Age: 11+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:


Football Manager 2012 is a soccer management simulation game. The player takes on the role of a manager of one of the world’s best soccer teams and is in charge of everything from press conferences to the team roster. The player will have to conduct media releases, team talks, trades, and guide the team to victory. It should be noted that this is not a soccer game, but rather a soccer club management game. The player does not control the movement of players on the field, but rather he builds the team and ensures they remain competitive. There is no violence in this game, but there is a high volume of reading. Due to the complexity of the game’s mechanics, as well as the high levels of reading necessary, Football Manager 2012 is recommended to players ages 11 and above.

This Game is Good for Kids Who Need Help With:


Arranging and coordinating materials and activities in order to complete a task.

There are countless elements to keep track of in Football Manager 2012, as the player is responsible for the team's performance on the field in many ways. He will have to create a winning roster and assemble a team of players whose skills compliment each other, and will also be in charge of the team's game day preparations -- deciding what will be done in practice, and which schemes and strategies the team will employ against their opponents.

The player must keep track of things outside of the game as well, such as the team's finances and public image. In order maintain a well-rounded, successful team the player must organize various elements into a cohesive whole. The game organizes the player’s tasks into appropriate menus, but it is up to the player to decide when and how to complete each task. The prosperity of the player's team will decline with poor organization, so staying on top of all managerial duties is paramount for success in Football Manager 2012.


Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Understanding how one's decisions are impacting the team is of critical importance in Football Manager 2012. With so many deep gameplay mechanics, being able to identify which decisions are helping or hurting the team will be essential to success. Not only does the player need to make trades, plan game strategies, and manage team persona and the press, he needs to understand which of his decisions are working and how to adjust those that aren't.

For instance, a new feature in Football Manager 2012 is the ability to address the players in your club in different tones of voice before games, at halftime, and after a match. When addressing his team, the player may choose to be passionate, aggressive, cautious, etc. Knowing when to inspire and empathize with players and when to give them a kick in the pants can go a long way to motivating a club to victory. However, not knowing the chemistry of the team will elicit negative responses from players and affect their performance. Therefore, the player must strive to understand his team and how his actions affect them. By applying this strategy in accordance with the game's many mechanics, the player will be able to continually improve his club and continue winning games.

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